May 2, 2014

Week in Review: Another 1st for Cannabis Industry + Partnership Fizzles & Edibles Controversy Grows

By Chris Walsh A notable television ad, the end of a dispute between two well-known cannabis companies and controversy over edibles in Colorado. It was an eventful week in the [click to continue...]

April 30, 2014

Guest Column: How to Break Through Real Estate Roadblocks in the Marijuana Industry

By Matt Walstatter One of the biggest challenges my wife and I faced when opening our dispensary in Portland, Oregon, was finding a location. From July through October of last [click to continue...]

April 28, 2014

Winning Cannabis Awards Can Boost Sales, But Savvy Marketing Required

By Fred Dreier The increasing popularity of marijuana-specific awards shows and industry competitions has given cannabis entrepreneurs an expanding platform to advertise and promote their products. In addition to the [click to continue...]

April 25, 2014

Week in Review: Smooth Sailing in Colorado on 4/20 Just What Rec Cannabis Industry Needed

By Chris Walsh Colorado passed another crucial cannabis test last weekend, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the state’s fledgling recreational marijuana industry. The annual 4/20 [click to continue...]

April 23, 2014

Finish Line for WA Recreational Licensing in Sight, But Hurdles Remain

By Fred Dreier Washington State’s march toward retail marijuana sales is accelerating, with officials holding a long-awaited lottery this week to decide which entrepreneurs can open recreational shops. While the [click to continue...]

April 21, 2014

Q&A With Advanced Cannabis Solutions CFO Christopher Taylor on SEC Trading Halt

By Fred Dreier Cannabis companies that trade on the public markets have had a rough go of it in recent weeks. After a stellar first quarter in which many cannabis [click to continue...]

April 18, 2014

Week in Review: Anything-Goes Cannabis Policies Fading as Industry Matures

By Chris Walsh Many cannabis companies have long accepted – and at times encouraged – marijuana use by employees while on the clock, even if doing so runs afoul of [click to continue...]

April 16, 2014

Capitalizing on 4/20: Preparation, Promotions Key for Cannabis Businesses

By Fred Dreier Marijuana business owners across the country are gearing up for the industry’s biggest sales event of the year: 4/20. Dispensaries can generate three to four times their [click to continue...]

April 14, 2014

Public Companies Setting Sights on Medical Marijuana Cultivation, Edibles

By Chris Walsh Publicly traded companies in the cannabis space have traditionally shied away from handling marijuana directly, focusing instead on hemp-based products and ancillary offerings such as growing equipment [click to continue...]

April 11, 2014

Money Show Wrap-Up: Financial Lessons for Cannabusinesses

Financing, taxes and cash management – three of the most important topics for cannabis entrepreneurs – took center stage during last week’s CannaBusiness Money Show events in Boston, Chicago and [click to continue...]

April 9, 2014

New Forecast: U.S. MMJ and Recreational Cannabis Sales to Hit $8 Billion by 2018

By Anne Holland U.S. retail cannabis sales will rise more than five-fold over the next five years, from an estimated $2.2-$2.6 billion in 2014 to $7.4-8.2 billion in 2018, according [click to continue...]

April 7, 2014

Q&A With Theraplant CEO Ethan Ruby on Starting a Cannabis Cultivation Business in Connecticut

By Chris Walsh Ethan Ruby is hoping to bring relief to thousands of patients in Connecticut – and build a successful business – as the chief executive officer of Theraplant, [click to continue...]

Chicago Suburbs Debate MMJ Regs

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As the impending September timeframe looms for medical marijuana businesses to apply for operating permits [click to continue...]

Marijuana Vending Machine Comes to Denver

A medical marijuana vending machine generating plenty of buzz in the media has made its [click to continue...]

Colorado City Awards 21 Rec Shop Licenses

The third-largest city in Colorado awarded 21 licenses for cannabis shops on Thursday, paving the [click to continue...]

$25M Infusion for Kiosk Company

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More good news on the financial front for cannabis businesses: A company that sells self-service [click to continue...]

DEA Cements Plan to Boost Cannabis Production

For four years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed the federal government to grow a [click to continue...]

Another Lawsuit Over Dispensary Licensing in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts dispensary licensing process has evoked the ire of several applicants who feel that [click to continue...]

Advocate: Paraphernalia Sales Legal Under Florida MMJ Bill

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Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure will create an overlooked business opportunity: paraphernalia sales. Currently, it’s [click to continue...]

WA Retail Stores Fight Price Gouging

Washington State recreational marijuana shops have had it with the sky-high prices licensed growers are [click to continue...]

Investors Welcome 2 New Canadian MMJ Stocks

Two Canadian cannabis cultivation companies saw their share prices soar on the first day of [click to continue...]

Colorado Rec Tax Structure Safe for Now

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Taxing recreational marijuana sales is a tricky business, as a Denver judge pointed out in [click to continue...]

Medical Marijuana Industry Burgeoning in WA Town

The town of Port Angeles, Washington, has experienced a marijuana boom in 2014. But the [click to continue...]

Oregon City’s Recall Election Tied to Dispensary

Just because Oregon is poised to legalize recreational marijuana in November doesn’t mean everyone in [click to continue...]

Applicant for Massachusetts MMJ Licenses ‘Befuddled’ by Ruling

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A Denver medical cannabis company says it’s “befuddled” by obstacles it has encountered while trying [click to continue...]

Lawsuits Could ‘Destroy’ Rec Cannabis in Washington State

Federal versus local control over marijuana. That’s the question at the heart of two lawsuits [click to continue...]